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We are all creatures of our Life Experiences

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One of the questions that I have gotten asked over the years is “Did you tell Adi to do this?” ” or “Did you make this choice for Ari?” ” I find this question completely ridiculous. First of all, in this day and age, when independence is respected a lot, it is not easy to tell anybody … Continue reading We are all creatures of our Life Experiences. Life/Experiences Parenting/Growing up choices defy odds trust

Jasmines are Fragrant

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How can I capture the beauty and the fragrance of these jasmines and the heart of the beautiful person who strung these jasmines. How do I? How can sheer words capture the beauty of our life experiences? How do I start out saying “Jasmines are fragrant. They are a sign of prosperity in a woman’s … Continue reading Jasmines are Fragrant. Life/Experiences jasmines

On Blue

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This is a story about the color blue, and like blue, there’s nothing true about it. True blue’ is a ruse, a rhyme; it’s there, then it’s not. Blue is glory and power, a wave, a particle, a vibration, a resonance, a spirit, a passion, a memory, a vanity, a metaphor, a dream. Blue is … Continue reading On Blue. Life/Experiences Photo/Essays Story/Poetry blue

At Omkara Ganapathy Temple on Ganesh Chaturthi Day

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I have a thing for temples. I am not religious. But, I still have a thing for any place of worship. One can’t deny that there is a reason that humanity gathers at these designated places of worship…to thank, to pray and to gain strength. Many years ago, during a Thaipoosam walk, my friend Balu … Continue reading At Omkara Ganapathy Temple on Ganesh Chaturthi Day. Holidays/Festivals Life/Experiences Nature/Wonder chance happenings temple

150 Content Marketing Tips

Drive traffic—and leads—with these tips for SEO, social media, content optimization, email marketing, and more.

Confusing Customer Segmentation, Buyer Profiling, and Buyer Personas Harms Marketing

Tony Zambito

Confusion by Adam Gale. In the 15 years since originating the concept of buyer personas in 2001, there has been one issue that continues to plague fully understanding exactly where, how, and why buyer personas can be beneficial.  Depending on the source and what you read, well, it can get downright confusing indeed. Customer Segmentation. Professions. Roles. Firmographics. Demographics.

Survey: 93% of Inbound Marketing Professionals Create New Content Weekly

KoMarketing Associates

As inbound marketers churn out new content, a survey has revealed that many of them do so multiple times throughout the month. In fact, according to a survey of 100 inbound marketers conducted by Writtent, 93 percent create fresh content weekly. Approximately Eleven percent of respondents claimed that finding time for writing is their greatest challenge as an inbound marketer.

Fast Growth Marketing: From 0 to 500,000 Users

B2B Lead Generation Blog

How can you drive fast growth with marketing? In this interview you’ll hear from Jim Fowler, founder of Owler on what he’s learned to grow fast. Owler – a free competitive intelligence platform – went from 0 to over 500,000 users. And they’re on pace to exceed a million users by the end this year. images/2016/09/Jim-Fowler-interview.mp3. Writers note: The transcript has been edited for publication.

Martech At The Crossroads: Agility or Simplicity?

Customer Experience Matrix

I’ll be giving a speech next week on the evolution of marketing technology, which doesn't follow the path you might think. Similarly, marketers up that time worked with the same data – audience counts and customer lists – they had since Ben Franklin and before. Those evolved slowly – personalized printing and modern campaign managers appeared in the 1980’s. But every action has a reaction.

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

We surveyed 2016's content marketing leaders on their biggest issues, hurdles, and goals.

Why Email Marketers Need To Confront the New Reality of Confirmed Opt-In

It's All About Revenue

As some of you have found out in the worst possible way over the past month, Spamhaus is on a tear. If you aren’t familiar with Spamhaus, I suggest you do a little bit of Googling to find out about them. They are simply the most relevant blacklist in existence today. There are different flavors of Spamhaus listings, but the one we want to avoid as legit marketers, is the SBL listing.

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Does every business need content marketing? A reality check.

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By Mark Schaefer. Does every business need content marketing? Of course not. Let’s pause the hype machine for a moment shall we? Last week I had dinner with one of my best friends. He recently became president of a company whose primary line of business is producing highly-engineered rolls for the steel manufacturing process. This is the real world. Business is hard. Not even close. .

Marketing Automation is More Than a Fancy Email Machine

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Marketing automation is one of those terms that could have a variety of meanings, but the most obvious one is not really what it means. The tool that is called a marketing automation platform is not strictly about automating your marketing. Let’s look at some stats from a recent study from Ascend2 : 76% of marketers say marketing automation is very important to their marketing performance.

The Power of Instagram in Email Marketing

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Since October 2010, Instagram has seen massive growth in its user base. In the first two months after release, Instagram hit 1 million users. Two years later Facebook bought Instagram for $1 billion. The world didn’t understand how a tiny company that helps share photos could be worth so much. How could Facebook justify paying that much for a tiny competitor? Increasing Email Engagement.

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How Quickly Is the MarTech Industry Growing?

Customer Experience Matrix

Everyone in marketing knows there’s a lot of new marketing technology, but how quickly is martech really growing? Many people cite changes in Scott Brinker ’s iconic marketing technology landscape, which has roughly doubled in size every year since Brinker first published it in 2011. Fortunately, other data is available. This shows growth of around 12% per year from 2000 through 2012.

Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

745 marketers told us how effective their content marketing is. Between November 5 and November 17, we surveyed 601 marketers with an 18-question online survey. A few weeks later, Adweek sent the questionnaire to 144 additional marketers. As the survey was answered by nearly our entire population target, the calculated margin of error was approximately 1 percent. Here's what we learned.

28 Experts Reveal The Top Content Marketing Trends For 2017

B2B Marketing Insider

Content marketing is still one of the hottest topics on the minds of marketers. And And one of the biggest challenges for CMOs. To help you stay on top of the latest content marketing trends, every year I publish a list of the top trends and predictions we are seeing from around the marketing world. Joe Pulizzi, head […]. Content Marketing

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Inbound Marketing or Outbound? Which is the Winner?

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The marketing industry has been buzzing about the rise of inbound marketing and the decline of outbound marketing over the last several years. With the rise of internet-empowered buyers, inbound marketing has helped vendors take control of the initial pieces of the buyer’s journey. But are marketing teams really migrating away from outbound marketing? You can control the message and timing.

Delivering Results through Content Personalization [Interview]

KoMarketing Associates

Content personalization continues to be a challenge for marketers, as revealed in the “2016 Trends in Personalization” study from Evergage. Although 85 percent of marketers said they were using personalization tactics, 55 percent gave themselves a grade of “C” or lower. We spoke to Paula Crerar, vice president of content marketing and programs at Evergage, for more insight into the report.

YouTube Views Don’t Matter – Here Are 5 Metrics That Do

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“Wow, that YouTube video has got more than a million views already!” ” Have you ever thought this after seeing a company’s so-called “viral” video? You might have watched the video ad just to see why it was so popular. And you might have thought, “Huh, that video wasn’t very good. Why are people watching it?” Not much, anyway. Not true. Selling more stuff.

Content Methodology: A Best Practices Report

If you're concerned that your organization's content marketing isn't as effective as it could be, this report is for you.

Content Marketing World 2016 – Just Do Nothing

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We weren’t that far apart … but he, of course said it more eloquently. And with better slides. And music. told both of the journalists that I thought the biggest change in content marketing next year was going to be a marked reduction in the volume of content being produced. The bottom line being that companies are realizing that building it doesn’t guarantee that anyone will read it.

3 Ways To Gain Executive Buy In

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It has happened to all of us. We learn something new at an industry event, or read something amazing that could change the way you do business, but how do you pitch it to your boss, team leader, executives or even the CEO?  Many organizations foster the idea of innovation and welcome change within; however, most sadly do not. Don’t assume everyone has the same goals when sharing your ideas.

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5 Ways Outbound and Inbound Marketing Complement Each Other

Act-On

What kind of marketer are you? That sounds like the beginning of a diverting quiz, but it speaks to a perception among marketers that just may have run its course. If you’re like many marketers right now, you’d answer that question either with “inbound” or “outbound” as your answer. And, most likely, more of you would say “inbound” than would say “outbound.” So what about outbound? Conclusion.

Digital Marketing Agencies – How They’re Changing

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In this episode of the Rethink Podcast, we interview Kent Lewis, the president and founder of Anvil Media, a Portland-based digital marketing agency specializing in analytics, search engine and social media marketing. We met in the same office as we would six years later for our podcast interview, and he basically gave me the roadmap for my professional career for the next five years. Anvil Media.

Staffing and Launching Your Content Marketing Program

Brand voice? Editorial calendar? Approval workflow? Learn how to craft the crucial parts of a content marketing program. In the third installment of our five-part playbook series, discover the necessary steps to execute a content marketing program.

A thought exercise on social media and critical thinking

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By Mark Schaefer. received a pretty big shock recently, a discovery that made me re-think who I am and what I know. For many years I have enjoyed digging into my family history. For many of us in the U.S. — nearly all of us immigrants — our family tree has tangled roots and uncovering where we come from can be an obsession. The mind game. But what about today? Here is a grand irony.

Why Snapchat Might Be Your Next B2B Marketing Tool

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When thinking of Snapchat, you might envision groups of teens exchanging selfies and videos. Not really a space where serious B2B marketers spend their time. But while this app was becoming wildly popular with tweens and teens, something else was happening, too. It was transforming from a quiet dark horse into a serious contender in social media. That’s more than Twitter. What Is Snapchat?

Machine Learning: Why the Most Effective Marketing Strategy is Invisible

It's All About Revenue

Innovative technology in the retail world doesn’t always mean flashy gadgets. In fact, most of the industry’s most effective form of digital disruption is invisible. Machine learning technology continues to further integrate with consumers’ daily lives, with new offerings such as Apple’s personalized App Store or Amazon price optimization tools. Cross Channel Marketing

Oracle Named a Leader for 5th Consecutive Year in Gartner Magic Quadrant for CRM Lead Management

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Digital marketers are in a constant battle between driving leads and managing their CRM systems. With the ever growing and evolving CRM Lead Management market Gartner offers their Magic Quadrant evaluation of 17 providers to assist IT and Marketing Leaders to determine the right fit for their business. What is CRM Lead Management? How did Oracle Achieve its 5th Consecutive Year as a Leader?

2016 Email Marketing Metrics Benchmark Study

To build a world-class marketing program, it's crucial to compare yourself to the best performers - but competitor data can be scarce.

Three Ways Leaving the 9-5 for Entrepreneurship Improved My Life

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By Elise Perkins, {grow} Community Member. Stress in the workplace remains a top trigger for the everyday aches and pains that plague the American employee. recent Deloitte study further illuminates the reasons why this occurs: worries over making mistakes, challenging workloads, “urgent” projects which add to the daily deliverables, excessive hours, and face-to-face interactions. should’ve known.

Social media giants tighten their grip on small content producers

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By Mars Dorian, {grow} Contributing Columnist. The digital age is supposed be the era of the solopreneur, allowing ordinary human content producers like you and me to start their own online media empire. The holy web has allowed us to bypass the former gatekeepers: Want to build your own radio show but can’t get a regular gig? Start a podcast. Go self-pub. Youtube’s your place to be.

Is content swiping smart marketing or brand desperation?

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By Mark Schaefer. The race to publish meaningful and relevant content is furious. But a new development I uncovered pushes some new boundaries. Is this development creative genius or pathetic stealing? I was doing some research on marketing education and came across a seemingly  helpful article on Forbes. But something did not seem quite right. Here’s a screen shot. The mechanics of swiping.

Make It Personal: Using Data for Content Personalization

B2B Lead Blog

We’ve all been victims of personalization. You receive an email that includes your name, or you’re shown product recommendations based on previous searches. Whether you find it helpful, creepy, or somewhere in between, personalization isn’t going away – because it works. In a report released earlier this year from Seismic and Demand Metric, 80 percent […]. Data Quality Management

Content Marketing Playbook: Strategy and Roadmap

Every brand’s content roadmap is different; each path to success is unique to that brand’s story, perspective, assets, and goals. But there is an overarching approach that’s proven to work—one we’ve refined after helping hundreds of brands reach their content marketing goals and after speaking with some of the brightest minds in the industry.

How to Calculate the ROI of Social Media Marketing [Infographic]

Webbiquity

Quick: Can you list the goals of each and every one of your social media efforts? Do you know how each campaign performed when measured against those metrics, and how they contributed to the bottom line? If you’re like many marketers, those questions probably bring a quizzical look to your face. But it doesn’t have to be that way. They need to have an estimated value assigned to them.

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The Perfect List of Marketing Technology for Small Businesses [Infographic]

Vidyard

You’re busy doing this, that, and the other thing. And the truth is, you know there’s probably marketing technology out there that could make your job (and life!) way more efficient. But the process of finding the right marketing tech is not efficient. We know efficiency is key for your small business and we’ve got you covered. Wanna share this infographic? Go for it!

How Even Social Media & Social Selling Experts Are Getting LinkedIn Wrong – Part 1

B2B Marketing Insider

In previous posts, I shared how CMOs at Xerox, Lithium, G2Crowd, Wiley and XOJet are getting LinkedIn wrong as they are simply focused on brand awareness, reach and filling the funnel.  I showed how the actions of these CMOs and others are the reasons behind why 8 out of 10 sales and marketing leaders are […]. Social Media LinkedIn LinkedIn Marketing linkedin social selling social selling

Data Driven Marketing: 7 Trends To Change Your Customer Relationship

It's All About Revenue

Your company can either put the customer at the center of the strategy or become ancient history. If we take a look at some fresh examples, we have Netflix understanding that the control literally belongs to the client and handing in the ultimate entertainment experience. The paradigm disruption caused by Airbnb, Uber and other brands proves that disintermediation is a huge trend. Data Management

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

25 B2B marketing thought leaders answer the question "What do you expect to B2B marketers to be doing more of or differently in 2016?" The results are amazing insights around content marketing, achieving business results, alignment, employee advocacy, new technologies, customer experience and more.